Rep. Jim McGovern is the most recent member of Congress and the first in the Massachusetts delegation to announce that he will not attend the circus that Speaker Boehner and Israeli PM Netnayahu have concocted to bring Netanyahu in front of the Congress to push his opposition to a treaty to keep Iran from joining the world nuclear armed powers. Boehner betrays the long standing recognition that the Executive branch implements our foreign policy within the legal framework established by Congress. He betrays the consensus that the US should not help one party party in elections in our allied nations.
Netanyahu betrays democracy in his own nation by bringing his campaign to the US. He betrays the taxpayers of the US, without whose support life in Israel would be more difficult and dangerous. He betrays humanity by trying to torpedo the negotiations at keeping nuclear weapons out of Iran. He makes it clear that he is the the instigator of the bad blood between himself and Obama, failing to consult with the President of the US before appearing before the Congress.
During Netanyahu’s speech in front of Congress before his last election, he received the usual polite standing ovations from the Members. He turned that appearance into campaign TV ads implying that he had the unanimous support of the US Congress.
Boycotting his appearance is not a bad tactic but there is a stronger one available: attend and turn your back on him. The Israeli public will not hear much about a boycott. They will hear about a public shaming and Netanyahu deserves it. Leave a copy of the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty, which Israel refuses to sign, on the rostrum before he speaks.